Creatine helps build muscle in older adults and CLA helps them burn fat especially the more dangerous belly-fat
As we age we loose a significant amount of muscle (the medical term is sarcopenia) resulting in muscle weakness that limits the function of older adults. This muscle weakness is related to accumulated damage to the power plants within muscle cells known as mitochondria and to accumulated damage to the cells DNA. Resistance training can however, increase muscle strength and size even in the elderly while improving mitochondrial function and decreasing free radical production.
In this new study researchers at McMaster University in Canada completed two resistance-training studies in older adults; in one the participants took Creatine Monohydrate and in the second they took the Creatine plus CLA. Adding Creatine Monohydrate increased muscle mass and strength in older adults; more so than exercise alone. Additionally, Giving the Creatine with CLA for a six-month period not only improved muscle strength and size but also significantly reduced body fat compared to exercise only. The exercise with Creatine Monohydrate also shifted away from the higher rate of damaged mitochondria and DNA restoring the ratio of functioning cells to that of a younger adult. The study is published in the February 2008 issue of the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.